Hoda Kotb Recalls Breast Cancer Struggle at BCRF Luncheon

The Lauder family, Hoda Kotb and a slew of scientists turned up for the Breast Cancer Research Symposium and Awards Luncheon on Thursday.
The event, held at the Hilton in Midtown New York, raised money for the foundation and drew attention to scientists with research that focuses on breast cancer. Scores of scientists were awarded grants at the event, and Nancy E. Davidson was award the Jill Rose Award for research excellence in the area of epigenetics and resistance to hormone therapies in breast cancer.
“I’m the daughter of two geologists, so my scientific roots go deep,” Davidson said, before dedicating the award to her patients.
In addition to the related scientific community, the event drew Leonard and Aerin Lauder, as well as Hoda Kotb, who spoke of her own breast cancer experience.
“Ten years ago — you know when you think your life is going so well?” Kotb said. “I thought my life was going so well.”
She was newly married and working at NBC’s “Dateline,” she said. “I thought things were perfect…[but] you know how life is — everything’s perfect on a Monday, and then on Tuesday everything falls apart.”
For Kotb, it fell apart in the presence of an intern, who was with

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